Media Release — The February edition of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog arrives in comic shops, hobby stores, and other direct market outlets on February 1st and features comic books, graphic novels, toys, and other pop culture merchandise scheduled to go on sale beginning April 2012.
ON OUR FRONT COVER: Reinvented as part of DC Comics’ New 52 publishing initiative, WONDER WOMAN comes out guns blazing literally with PREVIEWS’ front cover, dedicated to the eighth issue of the Amazonian Princess’s ongoing comic book series. This series was quickly applauded, as writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang managed to not only show the titular heroine’s internal and external strengths, but provide a fresh take on the Greek gods. In the newest installment, Wonder Woman, armed with the pistols of Eros and donning the armor of Hephaestus, will enter Hell to take on Hades and save an innocent soul.
ON OUR FLIPSIDE COVER: February’s back cover spotlights Marvel Comics’ new series, AVX: VS., a new series tying in to the much-anticipated Avengers vs. X-Men (AvX) comic book event. Who would win a fight… can often be the start of many great comics debates. With Vs., writers Jason Aaron & Kathryn Immonen and artists Adam Kubert & Stuart Immonen attempt to put some of those debates to rest, as each issue of the tie-in is dedicated to expanding on battles shown in the main AvX title. To spark the fireworks, it’s Iron Man vs. Magneto and The Thing vs. Namor the Submariner in the first action-packed issue.
February PREVIEWS Features
I Love Comics: In honor of February’s Valentine’s Day, PREVIEWS salutes – sans chocolates and flowers – some of the comics that have earned a soft spot in the hearts of many readers with “I Love Comics.” Look for the I Love Comics logo throughout the catalog to find comics you might fall in love with, too. Plus, make sure you’re signed up for our PREVIEWS e-newsletter for your chance to win 1 of 3 of our “love couple”: Herman and Lily Munster Action Figures from Diamond Select Toys!
PREVIEWS Exclusive Apparel: February’s line-up of PREVIEWS Exclusive apparel available only in comic book specialty shops features a variety of comic- and movie-based T-shirt designs, including The Punisher: “Double Fisted,” DC Heroes: “Super Powers,” Spider-Man: “Double Vision,” Deadpool: “Pool Shot,” and Plastic Man: “All Tied Up.” You won’t find these anywhere else other than a comic book or hobby shop in your area.
Indie Edge: This latest creator feature is dedicated to comics creator and cartoonist Derf Backderf, known by many for The City comic strip, which has appeared in over 100 weekly papers, as well as his graphic novels Trashed and Punk Rock & Trailer Parks. Learn more about Backderf and the titles currently on his reading list that he’d recommend.
Plus: Staff Picks, our Top 100 Comics and Bestseller Charts, and much more!
All this and more is waiting in the February issue of PREVIEWS– featuring over 2,000 new items– which goes on sale at your local comic shop or specialty store on Wednesday, February 1 at a cover price of $4.50.
Ask your comic shop retailer about how you can qualify for a free issue!
Pre-orders are due to your comic shop by February 18 for merchandise in this issue.
For a sneak peek at this issue’s Gems, Featured Items, and more, head over to www.PREVIEWSworld.com . To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com .
ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture merchandise. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and pop-culture related merchandise, servicing thousands of specialty retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com .
ABOUT PREVIEWS: PREVIEWS is a monthly “mag-a-log” (catalog and magazine) used by comic shop retailers and over 50,000 comic shop customers to pre-order comics, graphic novels, and other pop-culture merchandise. Items solicited in each catalog are schedule two months in advance. For more information, visit www.PREVIEWSworld.com .